Where Can I Find Video Game Box Art?
April 28, 2009 11:16 AM   Subscribe

Is there anywhere I can find hi-res box art for classic games? More inside.

Obviously, classic is a relative term, but I'm talking things like X-Com and Covert Action. I use Boxer to create double-clickable bundles to play these old games, and I'd love to have pretty icons for them.

It's a first world problems, and I'm okay with that.
posted by zerolives to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: MobyGames is great for this. They have hi-res box art and in some cases screenshots for games that I'd thought were hopelessly obscure.

For instance: X-Com (cover), Covert Action (cover) (back cover)
posted by Rhaomi at 11:42 AM on April 28, 2009

Response by poster: Good call, but they embed their stupid logo and URL on the art. I really don't like to support that kind of slimy stuff. Thanks for the answer, though, it'll be a fine last resort.
posted by zerolives at 11:43 AM on April 28, 2009

Best answer: There's also the cover project. Your requests seem to have stumped it, but they do carry custom art and European boxart, which is sometimes far superior.
posted by pwnguin at 11:48 AM on April 28, 2009

I would hardly call it "slimy," zerolives. They're providing a comprehensive free service, built mostly on community contributions -- you can't blame them for trying to protect the brand identity of that effort. And the logos are small enough to be invisible at icon-size, anyway. But if that's out, then I really can't think of anything else that would rival it in thoroughness -- maybe Wikipedia, which has hit-and-miss coverage for box art.
posted by Rhaomi at 12:10 PM on April 28, 2009

TheVGboxArt forum has some links of what you're looking for.
posted by fizzix at 12:29 PM on April 28, 2009

Response by poster: @Rhaomi it feels slimy to me, in that I would not feel good about putting my site bug on someone else's art. It's not to say that they're monsters for doing it, but I'd personally feel wrong about it.
posted by zerolives at 11:32 AM on April 30, 2009

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